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Nationally Ranked Seminole Women’s Golf Team Opens Spring Season at Lady Gator Invitational

March 7, 2003

TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s golf team, which was ranked as high as 12th in the nation during the fall 2002 season, is ranked 29th nationally by Golfstat and 28th nationally in the GolfWeek Sagarin rankings as it opens its spring 2003 season at the 31st annual SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational March 9-11. The Seminoles earned two top-five and two top ten tournament finishes during the fall 2002 season as they began their run to the NCAA Championship Tournament during the 2003 season.


FLORIDA STATE IN THE GOLF WEEK/SAGARIN NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Florida State University women’s golf team is ranked 28th nationally by GolfWeek and 29th nationally by Golfstat in the national rankings dated March 3. The Seminoles are ranked fourth among Atlantic Coast Conference teams behind only No. 1 Duke and No. 20 North Carolina and No. 22 Wake Forest. The Seminoles were ranked as high as 12th in the nation during the week of Oct. 1


FLORIDA STATE IN THE GOLFSTAT NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Florida State University women’s golf team is ranked 29th in the nation in the Golfstat national rankings. In addition Florida State is ranked first in the nation in team par three scoring with a 3.09 scoring average and junior Alison Curdt (St. Louis, Mo.) is ranked fourth in the nation in par three scoring with a 2.94 scoring average.


TAMULIS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Senior All-America candidate Kristin Tamulis (Naples, Fla.) is ranked 46th in the nation in the GolfWeek/Sagarin ranking dated March 3. Tamulis led the Seminoles with a 74.08 stroke average during the fall 2002 season.


TAMULIS ENJOYS BEST SEASON OF CAREER
Senior All-America candidate Kristin Tamulis enjoyed the best season of her career during the fall of 2002 as she averaged a career-low and team leading 74.08 strokes in 12 rounds during four tournaments. She carded four different single round scores of 75 or less and earned a career-low score of 68 in the final round of the Landfall Tradition. Tamulis closed the season with six consecutive rounds of 75 or below.


TAMULIS FINISHES AS TOP SEMINOLE IN THREE EVENTS
Senior All-America candidate Kristin Tamulis earned three top-20 finishes during the fall 2002 season including a second place finish in the individual standings at the Landfall Tradition. Tamulis finished in a tie for 15th place at the Tar Heel Invitational and was tied for 16th at the Lady Paladin Invitational. She was Florida State’s top finisher in three of its four events during the season. She has now earned nine career top-10 finishes.


CURDT ENJOYS BEST SEASON AS A SEMINOLE
Junior Alison Curdt played her best golf during the fall 2002 season as she averaged a career-low 75.25 strokes during 12 rounds while playing in all four of the Seminoles events. Her top two outing came at the Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge where she finished in a career-best tied for 12th place in the individual standings and finished with a 223 tournament score and in the Landfall Tradition where she carded a career-low 69 in the second round.


FLORIDA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (FALL 2002)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.

Kristin Tamulis 4 12 3 9 68 889 74.08
Alison Curdt 4 12 2 5 69 903 75.25
Carrie Sordel 4 12 1 3 72 925 77.08
Katie Quinney 4 12 0 2 73 931 77.58
Caroline Larsson 4 12 0 3 74 935 77.92
Kristina Prestipino 1 3 0 0 77 241 80.33
Tyler Johnson 1 3 0 0 78 246 82.00
Gemma Harris 1 3 0 0 82 258 86.00
Amy Harris 1 3 0 0 89 274 91.33


SEMINOLE CAREER BEST DURING THE FALL SEASON
Led by Kristin Tamulis and Alison Curdt, numerous members of the Seminole women’s golf team earned career-best single-round and tournament scores as well as career-high finishes. Tamulis (68 in the third round of the Landfall Tradition), Curdt (69 in the second round of the Landfall Tradition), Carrie Sordel (72 in the third round of the Lady Paladin Invitational) and Tyler Johnson (78 in the second round of the Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge) all earned career-best single round scores during the fall 2002 season.


Seminole Best During the Fall 2002 Season
Player Single Round Tournament Place

Kristin Tamulis 68 (LT) 215 (LT) T2 (LT)
Alison Curdt 69 (LT) 223 (ACC) T12 (ACC)
Carrie Sordel 72 (LP)
Tyler Johnson 78 (ACC) 246 (ACC)
ACC=ACC/SEC Challenge; LP=Lady Paladin; ACC=ACC/SEC Challenge


FOUR RETURNERS ENJOY BEST SEASONS
All four returning members of the Seminoles’ starting lineup – Kristin Tamulis (76.88-74.08), Alison Curdt (80-.02-75.25), Carrie Sordel (79.90-77.08) and Katie Quinney (80.37-77.58) earned career-best scoring averages during the fall 2002 season.


SORDEL ENJOYS BEST SEASON
Junior Carrie Sordel (Windermere, Fla.), who earned her fifth top-25 finish in her last seven events with a 24th-place finish at the Landfall Tradition, completed the best season of her career with a 77.08 stroke average during the Seminoles’ four tournament fall season. She ranked in Florida State’s top three scorers in two events and nearly matched her career-low round score with a 72 during the third round of the Lady Paladin Invitational. Sordel was one of three golfers on the team to earn at least one round of par or better during the 2002 fall season.


QUINNEY ALSO AMONG THE TEAM LEADERS
Junior Katie Quinney (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) earned a career-low 77.58 stroke average during the fall 2002 season. Her previous career-low stroke average for a single-season was 78.80 during the spring 2001 season (while she was at Jacksonville University) and her career average entering the season was 80.37 strokes during 18 career tournaments. Quinney averaged nearly three strokes below her career average during the fall 2002 season.


LARSSON EARNS WAYS INTO THE STARTING FIVE
Freshman Caroline Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden) earned her way into the Seminoles’ starting lineup and competed in all four tournaments during the fall 2002 season. She averaged 77.92 strokes during 12 rounds. She shot a career-low tying 74 and was the highest-ranking Seminole in the Lady Paladin Invitational at tied for 12th-place after the first 18 holes of the event. Larsson ranked tied for third on the team with three scores of 75 or below during the season.


PRESTIPINO EARNS PLAYING TIME FOR FIRST TIME
Sophomore Kristina Prestipino (Coral Springs, Fla.) played in the Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge and finished in a tie for 52nd-place in the individual standings. It marked the first time during her career she had earned playing time for the Seminoles. Prestipino shot two scores under 80 (career-low 77 in the first round and 79 in the third round) to finish as one of the top individuals in the field. She averaged 80.33 strokes per round during the three rounds of the tournament.


HARRIS SISTERS PLAY IN ACC/SEC CHALLENGE
Sisters Amy and Gemma Harris (Sheffield, England) both played as individuals in the Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge to earn playing time as Seminoles for the first time during their careers.


CHRYSLER ACC/SEC RECAP
Auburn posted the best team score of the final round to earn a come-from-behind team victory at the 2002 Chrysler ACC/SEC Women’s Golf Challenge at the Raven Course at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The Tigers posted a 296 to surpass defending national champion Duke, on the final day of competition to outdistance the Blue Devils by six strokes. It marked the second time in three years Auburn had competed in the event and the second time its had claimed the team championship. Diana Ramage, who shot a three-round total of 214, to claim medallist honors, led Auburn. Florida State posted its highest ever finish in the event, fourth place. Junior Alison Curdt led the Seminoles with a career-best finish of tied for 12th place.


FRANKLIN STREET TRUST RECAP
The No. 15 ranked Florida State University women’s golf team finished in a tie for ninth place in the team standings and senior Kristin Tamulis finished in a tie for 15th-place in the individual standings at the Franklin Street Trust/Tar Heel Invitational at Finley Golf Course. Florida State earned its second top-10 finish of the season following its fourth place finish at the ACC/SEC Challenge. Tamulis earned her 15th career top-15 finish. She carded a five-over par 77 in the final round to finish with a 222 score for the 54-hole tournament. It marks the eighth time she has totaled 222 or less during her 31 collegiate tournaments. Tamulis carded a career-low tying 70 in Friday’s first round.


LADY PALADIN INVITATIONAL RECAP
Florida State senior All-America candidate Kristin Tamulis finished in a tie for 11th-place to lead the Seminole women’s golf team to an eighth place finish at the Lady Paladin Invitational at the Furman University Golf Course. Tamulis fired her best round of the three-hole tournament as she carded a one-over par 73 in the final round and missed gaining her ninth career top-10 finish by one stroke. Florida State played its best team round of the tournament as it carded a 297. The Seminoles’ 297 score was 10 strokes better than its first round outing and 12 strokes better than its round two score. The score tied Florida State’s second-best tournament score of the fall season.


LANDFALL TRADITION RECAP
Senior Kristin Tamulis shot a career-low 68 in the third round to finish in second place in the individual standings and the Seminole women’s golf team finished second in the team standings at the Landfall Tradition. Tamulis finished only one stroke behind the individual medallist, Nuria Clau of Wake Forest, as she earned the third second place finish of her career. The second place team finish was Florida State’s highest of the fall season and allowed the Seminoles to finish ahead of two teams ranked ahead of them in the national rankings including No. 16 Purdue. Tamulis played the best tournament of her career as she established personal records for career-low round score (68), career-low round tournament score (215) and tournament score vs. par (-1) while tying her best career finish (second place). Junior Alison Curdt finished in a tie for 12th-place after firing a career-low score of 69 in the second round. She tied her career-best finish in tying for 12th-place; she also finished in a tie for 12th-place in the ACC/SEC Challenge, which was the first tournament of the Seminoles’ season this fall.


THREE SEMINOLES NAMED TO ACC 50TH TEAM
Three of the top players in Florida State history have been named to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 50th Anniversary women’s golf team as announced by commissioner John Swofford. Current Seminole assistant coach Amy Bond, LPGA tour member Karen Stupples and 2001 All-ACC selection Louise Wright were all named to the 50-member team. Three players on the team represented Florida State, the league’s youngest member. Duke led all conference schools with 23 selections and was followed by North Carolina with 12 and Wake Forest with 10. NC State placed two players on the all-time team.

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